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CARLISLE SUFFER

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By , September 30, 2013 7:54 am

Carlisle United have suffered a lot in the left back position recently due to several injuries to key players. However, it looks like they will be certainly having a lot of options in this position due to the return of several players back from injury. This has forced caretaker manager Graham Kavanagh into taking a decision over the players after the club. Reece James and Conor Townsend have impressed a lot during the loan spell, and Kavanagh has spoken about the possibility of extending the loan deals.

He has also said that Chris Chantler will be back in full training very soon after recovering sufficiently from his ankle injury. Even though there is a lot of uncertainty around the position of Kavanagh, he is prepared to talk for the benefit of the club to these players. Kavanagh was recently appointed as the caretaker manager after the sacking of Greg Abbott. He has managed to overturn the poor form of the club to get two consecutive victories in the league. Kavanagh has said that even though he will be talking to the players about the loan spell, he has admitted that keeping them at the club is largely the decision of managing director John Dixon.

Reece James will be at the club until 1 January. Townsend is on loan from Hull city.

“That is something I’m going to look at. I haven’t spoken to either player yet but I also have to speak to [managing director] John Nixon about it. I would love to keep Reece. He’s a great kid and a good footballer. He’s been unfortunate with injuries but to his credit he has come back and fitted straight back in. Troy is an absolute must to stay. He is an absolute colossus, a big powerful boy,” said the manager.

LEWIS GUY SIGNS

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By , July 29, 2013 7:55 am

Carlisle United recently managed to bring in Lewis Guy on a one-year contract. The 27-year-old striker has said that he is extremely delighted to come to the club and he wants to prove that he is worth more than the one-year he has been offered by the club. As a result of this signing, Carlisle have a very strong strikeforce that already features the likes of Mark Beck, Lee Miller, and Josh Gilles. Guy is a former Newcastle United youth team prospect, who has struggled to establish himself in recent years. He has been on trial with Carlisle United throughout the pre-season.

He has impressed manager Greg Abbott, who is keen on strengthening the team in order to win promotion. Carlisle have been able to sign Guy after the player negotiated the release from his contract with St Mirren. After moving closer to home, Guy has said that he does not want to be complacent and instead wants to fight for a place in the team. The 27-year-old reckons that he is at the right stage in his career to help the team push on for a play-off place in the coming season.

Carlisle recently managed a 4-1 win over Burnley and Guy demonstrated his potential by scoring one of the goals.

“I hope people don’t think I’m coming here just so I can get back home and be here for the ride. It feels nice to be back home around familiar faces and accents, but first and foremost I’m here for my career and to do well for Carlisle United. This is a new challenge for me and I’m not here just because it’s given me the chance to move back home. I’m only 27 and a lot can happen in football,” said the striker, who is a favourite to start against Leyton Orient on the first day of the season.

SEASON IS OVER

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By , May 28, 2013 10:38 am

Carlisle United just recently concluded a poor season in the league, which saw them finish only in the 17th position. However, there have been several positives along the way, and manager Greg Abbott has said that one of them is the rise of youngsters within the squad. He has said that the youngsters who have been given a chance in the first team this season have done extremely well. Hence, he will be giving a preference for these players over the possibility of bringing in veterans in the summer transfer window.

Alex Salmon and Jack Lynch are some of the promising players within the squad. They will be joining with the first team that already has players like Mark Beck and Dave Symington. As a result of the arrival of these players, Abbott will be able to claim that he oversaw a flood of youngsters from the youth academy after a long time. He has said that he will not be using all youngsters at once, but he is confident that they will get regular game time as the season progresses.

Abbott has also been on the lookout for a couple of players to sign in the transfer window with emphasis placed on speed and energy.

“Nobody would want me to dismiss them for next season and say I’m going to go out and get journeymen to do the job they could be doing. If we can’t get better, they’re going to go in. I don’t think I’ll be playing all of them at once but they’ll be miles better for the season. They have all got ability, they are all good players. The next stage is to get into the team and get used to playing in front of crowds,” said Abbott. Carlisle won only three out of their last 10 matches.

UNDER PRESSURE

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By , February 22, 2013 9:34 am

After the 4-0 defeat at the hands of Swindon last weekend, the Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott came under intense criticism from the fans. However, he was able to restore some pride after the recent 1-0 win over promotion chasing Coventry City. The manager has said that the criticism, and the intensity of it, has certainly hurt him in recent weeks. Hence, it was extremely pleasurable to have won such an important match in a convincing manner. Carlisle United have been flirting with relegation throughout the season, but two victories during the Christmas period helped improve the mood at the club.

However, they have once again fallen behind when it came to form during the month of January. The club hit a low point after the 4-0 defeat against Swindon. This was followed by a barrage of criticism for the manager, who has now masterminded a 1-0 victory over Coventry. Greg Abbott has called for the players to be mentally tough in this situation. He has also seen a lot of good attitude from the players in the training ground, and the win over Coventry was a result of it. Abbott has said that the key thing now is to produce the same kind of performance every week.

“The criticism, at the levels it comes, really hurts. We have to be mentally tough. I have to take a bit of pleasure when we beat a side like Coventry after the back of last week. We were really pleased with the work on the training ground and I think it spilt over today. Whatever the result was, we got an improved attitude and the players have definitely run harder than last week. That is something we have got to try to bottle and make sure it happens every week,” said Abbott.

BACK TO BACK WINS

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By , January 16, 2013 8:54 pm

The League One club Carlisle United managed to get back-to-back home victories after the 2-1 win over Bury, which has delighted the manager Greg Abbott. The Carlisle United manager has been under considerable pressure after recent run of poor form, which has left the team closer to the relegation zone. Prior to the victories against Hartlepool United and Bury, the club had managed just one victory in the last two months of football. As a result, they were fast slipping down the table. Now, the six points from two matches has helped relieve some of the pressure on the manager.

Abbott has also said that he is extremely happy with the way the year is ending, while he hopes that it will continue into the new year as well. He has also said that the two victories has helped him settle a huge debt to the home fans, who have been brilliant all season. One of the major reasons for Carlisle performing extremely well has been the return of the striker Lee Miller, who has missed the recent matches due to an injury. He has already demonstrated his worth to the team by scoring in both the matches. He has so far made 6 appearances in all competitions.

“We keep saying that we owe our home fans a huge debt, and we’ve gone some way to balancing the books with these results. But, the fact of the matter is that we have to keep it going. It’s fantastic to see smiles on faces again and the last two games have been entertaining for different reasons, so that’s good for everyone. However, we need to keep the momentum going. This will mean nothing if we let things slip because we still aren’t anywhere near where we want to be,” said the Carlisle manager.

ABBOTT PRAISES YOUNGSTERS

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By , December 20, 2012 6:05 pm

The Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott has praised the youngsters are the club after they played an instrumental role in the 3-1 victory over Yeovil town during the weekend. Carlisle were coming into this match on the back of a form that has seen them go winless in the last five matches. This has also seen them slip closer to the relegation zone. As a result, the manager made a few changes to the first-team for the visit to Yeovil town. The introduction of youngsters like Mark Beck, Brad Potts, and Dave Symington made a significant difference in the match after they were instrumental in this victory.

The teenage striker Mark Beck opened the scoring in the 21st minute, while he doubled the advantage for Carlisle just after the first half. This incredible performance mean that Carlisle were able to play without much pressure for most of the match. The goal by Reid for Yeovil town in the second half was nothing more than a consolation after Garner scored in the 70th minute to give Carlisle United the comfort of a two-goal advantage going into the final minutes. After the match, the manager praised the quality of the three youngsters, while he wants to build on this success.

“The young players are a huge bonus for us. We’ve seen some big individual performances and that was important. We needed the win and now we want to build on it. Defensively we were much more solid, [goalkeeper] Adam [Collin] has been brave and he’s come for things, made his blocks and made his saves. I think the run Joe [Garner] is on shows why we wanted to keep him here,” said Abbott after the match. The club will now prepare for a tough home match against Bournemouth in the FA Cup.